|Published:||Nov 15, 2012 5:27 PM EST|
|Updated:||Nov 15, 2012 6:17 PM EST|
LEE COUNTY, Fla.- FPL worker Stephen Norton said, "I am glad to be back with my family at home."
He was away from home for two weeks in New Jersey with one thousand other FPL crews from around the state.
The linemen travelled from Paramus to Newark working around the clock to help restore power to millions left in the dark since the storm hit October 29th.
"A very humbling experience," said Norton.
The father of two said the days were long and dark and the conditions made it difficult for him to do his job.
Norton said, "Just the terrain-the trees so many were down-many 80-foot hickory trees fell which brought down wires and poles."
But even with all of mother nature's obstacles, Norton said his crew managed to persevere.
"Going through the smaller towns and main street USA we would get the lights on and they would come out and clap as we pulled off-so it is very rewarding," he said.
The FPL workers from Florida restored power to 50-thousand homes and businesses in New Jersey during their two week trip.
"During our summer seasons linemen come here to help us out so this gives us a chance to return the favor," he said.
While Norton and his group were in New Jersey, they witnessed a lineman get hurt. They wanted to help so they raised 43-hundred dollars. FPL matched that and an $8,600 donation was made to the lineman.